No Longer At Ease
Obi's listlessness did not show any signs of decreasing even when the judge began to sum up. It was only when he said: "I cannot comprehend how a young man of your education and brilliant promise could have done this" that a sudden and marked change occurred. Treacherous tears came into Obi's eyes….All that stuff about education and promise and betrayal had not taken him unawares….
In fact, some weeks ago when the trial first began, Mr. Green, his boss, who was one of the Crown witnesses, had also said something about a young man of great promise. And Obi had remained completely unmoved….But now when the supreme moment came he was betrayed by treacherous tears. (1.9-10)
Joseph was not very happy when Obi told him the story of the interview. His opinion was that a man in need of a job could not afford to be angry.
"Nonsense!" said Obi. "That's what I call colonial mentality."
"Call it what you like," said Joseph in Igbo. "You know more book than I, but I am older and wiser. And I can tell you that a man does not challenge his chi to a wrestling match. (5. 16-18)
"We have our faults, but we are not empty men who become white when they see white, and black when they see black."
Obi's heart glowed with pride with in him.
"He is the grandson of Ogbuefi Okonkwo who faced the white man single-handed and died in the fight. Stand up!"
Obi stood up obediently.
"Remark him," said Odogwu. "He is Ogbuefi Okonkwo come back. He is Okonkwo kpom-kwem, exact, perfect." (5.100-104)